The presidential campaign seems upside down, like a bad April Fool's joke. Suddenly, the titans of the liberal media are wondering out loud if Hillary Clinton should quit the presidential race, while Hillary is kindly greeting and grinning at every vaunted "vast right-wing conspiracy" media outlet from Dick Scaife's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review to Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Channel. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a leading Hillary advocate, hailed Fox News as the fairest to Mrs. Clinton. It is truly bizarre.
At the start of 2008, the dominant storyline was how the Clinton Juggernaut would eventually crush everyone in its path to the Democratic presidential nod. Certainly, Barack Obama's fundraising was matching hers, and his media clips were so sugary they'd make cotton candy seem bitter. But no one really believed Hillary would be where she is today, just three months later, finding herself hounded to go "home" to New York.
Mrs. Clinton's situation is so dire she's relying on Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos," calling on his multitudes of listeners to vote for Hillary to keep the race going. Some liberals don't like this. CNN reporter Carol Costello labeled it "Rush Limbaugh's dark strategy to weaken the Democratic Party." Hillary, on the other hand, should be lighting votive candles in thanksgiving.
Hillary's latest bout with the media arrived when the networks decided to acknowledge that her tall tale about Tuzla -- she claimed in a March 17 speech that she landed in Bosnia in 1996 in the face of "sniper fire" -- was easily and obviously disproven by network news footage of the event. It showed Hillary calmly walking on the tarmac with her daughter Chelsea. Even on that story, the networks were slow to report damaging news. Six full days after the NewsBusters blog posted old CBS footage, and two days after The Washington Post awarded the former First Lady "four Pinocchios" for unloading a "real whopper," the networks finally aired the footage and the memories of the reporters who actually accompanied her to Bosnia on that day.
The Get-Out whispers have started because many reporters are clearly worried about the fate of Democrats in the fall. It was Topic A when Obama allowed interviews on the ABC and CBS evening newscasts on March 27. On ABC, Charlie Gibson wondered "no matter who emerges" as the nominee, isn't the winner hurt in the general election? When Obama tried to disagree, Gibson worried further with a Gallup poll showing 28 percent of Hillary supporters would vote for John McCain in the fall, while 19 percent of Obama supporters would prefer McCain to Hillary.